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Over 6,600 caught drink-driving

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More than 6,600 motorists in the UK risked their car insurance policy and the lives of others by driving after heavy consumption of alcohol or drugs during a Christmas crackdown.

According to the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), 4% (6,613) of the 169,838 drivers in England and Wales stopped and tested by police under the month-long campaign were found to be over the legal alcohol limit, under the influence of drugs or refused to face the test.

This means that despite the bitter cold of the month, an average of 207 people were on the roads every day breaking the law.

Chief Constable Mick Giannasi, the Acpo lead for roads policing, said: "That is not only socially irresponsible, it will also have consequences for those who were caught.

"All of them now face a lengthy driving ban, some will face imprisonment and many will already have lost their jobs and their livelihoods.

"Driving under the influence of any substance, whether it is alcohol or drugs, is not acceptable."

Acpo also said the figures showed that those who have been drinking and then drive were more likely to be involved in an accident.

© Press Association 2011